Get started enjoying the Icelandic Sagas

We are proud to be offering you a unique interactive program to help you understanding the Icealndic Sagas and the era they were written in.

Listen to and learn from some of our best scholars in medieval literature.

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Icelandic medieval literature – what is so special about it?

The myths and legends of the ancient Scandinavians survived better than those of any other Germanic people thanks to the literature written in Iceland in medieval times.

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Who was Snorri Sturluson?

Was he the first modern writer and the inventor of the novel? Find out in a course on this Icelandic medieval writer.

 

 

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The Settlement
of Iceland

The story of the settlement in Iceland is remarkable not least for being the only example in the world where written contemporary sources exist of settlement in an uninhabited country.

Following information is sought from the Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavik which is a part of the Reykjavík City Museum:
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Eddas and
the Sagas

The myths and legends of the ancient Scandinavians survived better than those of any other Germanic people thanks to the most extensive vernacular literature of any medieval society, which was written in Iceland. The literary treasure is unique in many ways but mainly because many forms of literature and studies that survived in Iceland have...
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A course on Snorri starting January 18th

Program

  • 18th of January
    Geir Waage - The settlement and medieval life in Iceland
    Gísli Sigurðsson - Snorri and the oral tradition
  • 25th of January
    Geir Waage - Snorri´s life in Reykholt

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Course
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Our aim is to present the medieval literature heritage of Iceland to other nations. It really speaks to other Germanc nations, as therein may be found the roots of germanic culture as well as being entertaining and dramatic literature.